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us for the special coverage of election 2012 . "fox and friends" will pick it up from here . gretchen and steve and brian will have jam packed coverage. see you tomorrow . "fox and friends" starts right now. ♪ ♪ "fox and friends". >> i believe we can seize this future together. because we are not as divided as politics suggest and we remain more than reditate and blueitates, we'll forever be the united states of america and together with god's grace we'll continue our journey forward . >> i so wish i had been fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction but the nation chose
another leader and ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and this great nation. thank you and "god bless america". >> gretchen: that was live on the folks news channel . welcome to the post election coverage. president obama winning the electoral and popular vote and including of the battle ground states. florida still too close to call right now. people voted late in the night and officials still ned to count the absentee ballots. >> steve: hispanics in colorado voted three-one and giving him colorado. he also took the state of iowa 52-46 for romney. >> brian: we thought that was going to be closer. all important state of ohio.
this was neck and neck . it was the bellweather. union household incrosed support to the by five points . not a surprise. comny won north carolina which obama took last time around. mitt romney was able to grab. virge rirge and florida isn't in his column. >> gretchen: half of wisconsin voters have a favorable opinion of paul ryan, it was not enough to give romney a win. he lost his home state. >> brian: that was a dominant win in wisconsin. >> steve: despite the push in pennsylvania. voters gave the 20 electoral vote to president obama. >> brian: what happened to dead heat and too close to call. pennsylvania, president obama got out in front and never let
go. we have long. john roberts is with mitt romney in headquarters and phil keatings in florida, keeping phil up all night. starting with wendall. happy people? >> not much change. president has faur more year slightly larger majority in senate and republicans still control the house . two parties still have to come up with a budget deal to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts. president obama is relected with the highest unemployment rate of 7 seven.9 percent. it was held here in the mccormic center. it was still a party and a lot earlier than had feared.
the president thanked romney and paul ryan for a hard fought campaign. >> i have listened to you and i are learned from you and you can made me a better president. and with your stories and your struggles, i return to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work we need to do and the future that lies ahead. >> the president called former president clinton and thanked him for the tireless campaigning and made a huge difference in the outcome and a tough choice if hillary clinton and joe boyd bide ask for his endorsement. >> brian: thank you for that analysis . the president said hoe had a
concession speech. >> steve: i think he had one. it was a speech mitt romney hoped he never had to give . but the republican nom no thanking his many supporters in bost know. john roberts was there in boston again today with a recap, john? >> the governor put on a brave face. but he was experiencing bitter disappointment and a long, long road to get where he was. it does go to show that the were accurate in what they were hoying and always happens in every four years. they were looking attractive in closing days, they really weren't. the real question it. broadly divided as the country is and big issues facing us, is this a recipe for grid lock or will it spark dipartisan
legislation. mitt romney said he would reach across the aisle and he asked those in charge next year to get something done. >> the nation as you know is at a criticical point we can't risk political bickers and partisanship. we have storeach across the aisle. we look to teachers and professors and county on you to teach and inspire our children with passion and discovery. >> the president pledged to meet with mitt romney to talk about the problems . if the republican party hopes to win back the white house it has work to do. governor romney lost among women and lost the hispanic
vote. president bush had 44 percent of the hispanic rote to win the second term. the campaign 20cane begins today. and i am going home and doing laundry and packing a bag. >> gretchen: say it isn't so. >> i am sorry, gretchen. i am predicting four years of marco rubio. >> brian: or joe biden. >> gretchen: president obama won reelection . but not sure if he won the battle ground state of florida. i have to say, oh, wait. i only see half of you. i have to say that i really did not think we would wake up and not know the outcome of florida. didn't the polls say it was a romney win there? >> real clear politics had romney winning florida 1.5 percent. and other than than north
carolina florida was leaning strongly to mitt romney . in fact many republican strategist predicted romney a 3 percent. over obama. but so far not all of them counted. 27,000 ballots. but as it is now president obama besting mitt romney by 46,000 votes and critical for rom no he didn't win interstate four and pinellas county . hillsborough county going for obama x. orange county going for president obama. 17 percent of the state is hispanic and here's how the hispanic vote in florida broke down. cuban americans down in miami-dade county. typically they go with the republican candidate and they did again last night.
50 percent to 47 percent to rom no. but noncuban hispanics president obama bested rom no. florida has more in the percentage of senior citizens. quarter of all voters and as expected. romney beat obama when it came to the senior vote 58 percent to 42 percent. he and paul ryan through a place where you have been to the villages. still unofficial . but romney losing to obama in the state of florida. phil keating live. >> steve: we are yoined right now. who did show up and vote. >> we have broke it down. young voters, we talked about those in the 2008 election . they turned out for president obama but not in the numbers
they did four years ago. they represented 19 percent of all voters. one percent higher than the 18 percent in 2008sorry about that. and 50 percent of the youth vote went for president obama. down 6 points from 2008 and 37 percent went for mitt romney. and another issue that people were interested in hurricane sandy 42 percent of the reponce to the storm was important to them. and 15 percent said it was the most important thing. >> steve: hurricane sandy was the most important thing. >> gretchen: that is startling that is where politics ended up one photoopcan make 15 percent of the people say that is the most important reason to vote. >> brian: but the recovery hasn't gone well. i saw that the president did not get as much as the youth vote. and the turn out was lower.
but he made it up in other places. >> it was 19 percent in 2012. >> steve: what else you have got. >> right track and wrong track. 52 percent of the ones we spoke to said the country is on the wrong track but voting in president obama? and 46 percent said the country was going in the right direction. >> gretchen: why, they are blaming george bush. that was effective campaign strategy. >> i have to look down at all of the numbers. 53 percent said they blamed bush for the current economic problems and 38 percent blamed president obama. >> steve: it sounds like so many numbers of the exit polling parrot the main stream media. we were handed a tough road
can slog. next thing people hear it and they think it. >> and voters like the touchy feely thing. when they were asked. 53 percent said president obama and 43 percent mitt romney. >> brian: that question about class warfare and everybody paying their fair share worked. 70 percent believe the taxings should go up to the wealthy and 27 percent think it was important to cut medicare. >> gretchen: and president clinton said even he could not fix the economic situation. i think that a turning point when people thought it was president bush's fault. >> brian: and after mitt romney call would president obama he -- excuse mitt romney called president obama and said he lost and he call would bill clinton and said thank you. >> steve: and thank you to you. >> talk to you letter.
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for barack obama, now he really inherited a mess from his predecessar. >> brian: he has a republican house and a more democratic senate. >> i think that the reason the prediction i made was wrong. i was critizing the polling because i said it reflected the same turn out model as it was in 2008. i said it would night continue and the permanent turn out model for the united states. we are now in a turn out model that is totally different. blacks are now 13 percent and not 11. and people under 30 are 19 and not 17. previous numbers were the 04 model and i thought it would
return to that. they didn't. despite the lack of enthusiasm for obama. so this is the new america and the percentage of single women, minority and voters under 30 is so large at this point unless the republican party fundmentally changes they can never win a. >> or never get a female vote if it is about abortion. immigration and all of that. by the time you take africa-american americans and single white winner and add them together. obama is leading the election before you count the first
vote with 47 with like 13. you have to win two-third of the remaining vote to win . romney almost did you and can't. and if this candidate in this economy against this opponent couldn't win with the electorate no one can. they need to stop running in the face of the demographics and appeal to them. and revise the provision in order to reach that vote. >> the popular vote is 54 million people voted for mitt romney. that is with florida still in the balance. romney gets 54 million. electoral it was 303 to 206. dick, stick around and got more to talk to you about. the president said he's ready
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mitchell bachmann winning her first term in minnesota . over to the senate races. republicans fell short to win control. in missouri clar mccaskil beat todd akin and big win in arizona. ted flake beat yawn kyle. ted cruz makes history. first latino to win a senate seat in texas. guys? >> congratulations to the winners. bill chinton is praised for reaching across the aisle and working with congress. that is what president obama is critized for not doing in the first four years. >> for those of you who served with president clinton points out barack obama is no bill clint.
>> brian: should we expect grid lock. nothing has changed with the balance of power. we need somebody to reach across the aisle. but the books on this administration, barack obama doesn't have a bipartisan bone in his body. >> i think that is true. i don't think there will be a lot of reachhing. but we need to understand how weakly this president was reelected by the skin of his teeth. 2-10ths of the vote would are changed the outcome and first president of the united states ever to be reelected by less than he got elected by. every other president who won a second term. gained in the margin. ronald reagan won by more in 1980 x. bush won by more in 04 than in 2000.
and one in 2012. this is not a man date and the republican party needs to work with him when he's positive and otherwise we'll need to stand against the socialist agenda and stop him from changing the united states. >> brian: we have deadlines. we have a disical cliff and tax magedon. and we are looking at another recession . wouldn't it be nice to reform this. we have to come up with something. what has changed? >> i think what is changed, you have an election out of the way and people are voting for this division. i think what we have to understand this is a president who lost 7-points of the mandate he was elected for in 2008.
and he won by 7 and he won by 1 last night x. i think the republicans can't be intim dated or cowed. they have to stand up make sure he doesn't make perment the socialist big government programs that he's been pushing in his first term with the american people. american people didn't vote for it and his election should not be construed as a man date for it. i don't think he will become bipartisan. i think he will treat it as a mandate to go farther to the left and starting with the treaties that surrender our sovereignty. >> steve: you are right about the mandate business. according to fox.com, the president round up with 59 million and mitt romney 57 . so it was close. we thank you for getting up and joining us to talk about
what happened last night. >> brian: the electoral was substantial . they pointed it correctly. should illegal students get breaks on tuition at the expense of legall ones. we'll share the landmark decision . >> steve: one thing that never happened in the history of politics until last night and this is for the girls. stick around. . ♪ ♪ how does it work? you just he to eat it as part of your heart healthy diet. step 1. eat the soup. all those veggies and beans, that's what may help lower your cholesterol and -- well that's easy [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
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are watching too close to call. officials say they need to count the absentee ballots and we'll going live to florida in the next hour to figure out if they are closer. >> brian: one candidate had not given. president obama took virginia and military voters are split. this stuns me. his panics in coloradoment and military vote traditionally goes to republicans. and giving him a narrow victory and took iowa. 52-46. >> gretchen: all important swing state of ohio. obama got 50 percent. and ohio was the closest one of all . battle ground states. interestingly the union hopeful increased support. and romney won north carolina which obama took last time around.
that was what mitt romney could get. >> brian: he took indiana back in the republican column. 92 and half . wisconsin voters have a favorable of paul ryan it was not enough. president obama took it by 53 to 46. >> brian: so much for scott walker infrastructure. and all polls showing in pennsylvania it was too close to call . it was a 52-47 win for obama and he got that early. >> gretchen: team coverage starts early. and they join us from la bright and early and results from groundbreaking issues. we begin with mike tobin. in ohio it came down in the autobail out and let detroit go bankrupt.
it was played by the democrats over and over again. mitt romney won most of the real estate in ohio. but look at harris county down in the southeast corner contains cincinnati. that went to the president and look to the north manufacturing belt. we have cleveland and tioga county. those all went to the president . then when you start looking at exit polling and the question of the autobail out. 6-10 supported the autobail out and of those who supported the autobail out 75 percent of them voted for president obama. and ohio seemed to be in sync in the senate race. and the big winners here in ohio were the television station.
175 million dollars spent on ad- on advertising spent. and last night maine and maryland voters approved same-sex marriage and colorado and washington making history. joining us live, william lodgenet and has to do a lot with pot, right. >> colorado and washington first states in the united states to legalize marijuana. more states could follow depending on the federal. that allows them to store and cell an aunce. and colorado approved production. and impact is two-fold. lower prices and maybe the billion in sales . so the question is what happened next. it being be a watershed moment and lead to decriminalation
and reducing violence and jail time and an expensive drug war. sale and production is a federal offense. dea ignored state laws and shut down and they have shut down legal pot clubs. will the feds go along or congress punish colorado and washington by with holding federal highway funds. >> as much as it failed in the nation and colorado set a wonderful model for regulated medical marijuana. we can expect the same time for the federal. and for the first time in the u.s. by popular vote voters in maine and maryland and washington approved gay marriage. it was approved by the lawmakers . now it is legal in district of columbia and ninitates and 30itates have constitutional
amendments . prohibiting it. many expect it to land in the supreme court and in may we know that president obama was the first president to endorse same-sex marriage. >> gretchen: important cultural issues discuss. >> steve: and you can set up your own chum room in two states. certainly exciting. >> steve: republican party scored a major milestone. the gop holds 30 depov gov seats and highest for either party in a dozen of years. north carolina elected the first republican governor in two decades. mccowery defeated dalton and in indiana republican mike pence beat out john greg for governor. >> brian: history in new hampshire.
first female all delegation. regaining the society show lost. democratic custer wins her seat. meanwhile the granite state electing a female gov. megy asan. >> gretchen: camelot return to wark wark. he defeated shawn belat. kennedy will fill the seat of democratic congressman barneypays frank. he is the grandson of robert f. kennedy. >> steve: they are in the country illegally and now can get instatitution. maryland the firstitate in the unionn to approve the dream act.
concerning allowing undocumented illegals will bring financial consequences to instate students and out of the state opportunities who pay full rate. >> gretchen: coming up on "fox and friends". black panthers showing up in the polls and that's the start of the problem on election day. should you have any concerns about your vote. is it legal to have people standing outside in the polling station. sandy continues and a nor'easter is on the way. and i will put on my wind breaker and i will go out to long island where i was last week. i'm out shipping these. smooth move. you used priority mail at rate boxes. if it fits, it ships for a low, flat rate. paid for postage online and arranged a free pickup. and i'm gonna track them online, too. nice. between those bes and this place, i'm totally staying sane this year. do i smell snickerdoodles? maybe.
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staten island andiers jers. they are worried about their belongings. and debris is everywhere and waiting on crew to pick it up. but there are signs was resilience like the american flag erected above the rubble. some areas are expected to get six inches of snow, back to you. >> brian: thank you, anna. hundreds of flights have been cancelled in throw major airports in new york and new jersey and more flights will be grounded as the day goes on. we'll go to gretchen. >> gretchen: there are disturbing reports out of ohio claiming ununreg mr. #2: ered voters may have been allowed to vote. now flauddsters put your vote at risk. you have a close eye on voters fraud. in ohio there was allegation that unregistered voters were
given the ability to vote, what do you know? >> we have several reports that people were in lines and basically told. we don't have you on the books but here is a ballot and we need to track those down. last line of defense between us and fraudulent ballots and if they are not properly trained we all have a problem. >> what happened in pennsylvania, there was a lot of e-mails going back and forth about a mural that came up. it was a mural of president obama. here is a picture of it. that might be a problem in a polling station . your thoughts. >> it is electioning. there was a woman who prevented from voting because she had a t-shirt that said mit. if that improper.
it is outrageous. >> they put paper up over the face but had the emblem of obama and biden. that was okay. all you had to do was put paper over the president's face. also in pennsylvania member of the black panth ther party was caught patrolling the poling site. >> without a billy club. i think it is a publicity stunt he wanted attention and got it and getting it right now. as far as i know no intimidation . >> gretchen: was there a problem there. >> you can't use taxpayer resources for political purposes. but the obama people are bringing lots of campaign workers in from illinois across the border. and they told the workers don't talk to the media and reveal your plans. there is a milwaukee police
department report that detailed how previous democratic campaigns brought in lots of campaign workers and didn't yust work for the candidate but registered and voted the same day in wisconsin. that is purely illegal. they are living in illinois. >> gretchen: will we have a lot of people body in looking into voters fraud after the election because it simply was not that close? >> in places it was close. you are talking about the president so. there are races within 200 votes right now in california. when they meet this will be on the agenda and should be on the agenda. remember two ways to disinfranchise people. we want that. and another way to be disinfranchised someone who
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>> steve: president winning reelection despite a weak economy and unemployment. how was he able to gain voters confidence . we talk to a polster. frank, what happened. >> hoe ran the most positive uplifting campaign in 200 andd hope and change and in 2012 he ran the most negative campaign and lookk at the ads in ohio, virginia and florida. and it worked. people responded to it and you look at the other side. romney campaign was caught flat flooted . we got through realizing mitt romney was a decent and moral civil individual.
but what we didn't hear from the romey was those differences why mitt romney would have done a better job. we heard it in the debates, but took too long for ohio and wisconsin and virginia and colorado. >> plus you look at the summer months. mitt romney did not respond to hundreds of millions to romm rom is a plutocrat ad. but the sceniario side that was lies. mitt romney will take away women's birth controll can not allow immigrant to wind up with green card exercise no pel grants . it turned out to be bogus. posethat's what people saw and that's what they learn and believe. if you are attack unfair and
unjust or inaccurate you better respond immediately. too bad there is not eye judge when it comes on to the political ads. you think that is coming from a fact checker. we looked back and they had a political agenda. and that allowed the president to put out ads that were false. the voters makes the decision. how can you blame them if they make the choices they make. it is a tough lesson for republicans and if they are under attack and sit back and take it. results are what happened last night. >> steve: one of the things the republican party has to do is figure out a way to reachh
out to women and hispanics or they will not win the next election either. >> particularly women 30-499 and that segment went to obama significantly and hispanics and latinos, you can't win if you are getting 30 percent less of the hispanic and independents that are dead center and the party that takes their base and expand itself in the center is the party that wins in november . republicans didn't do an effective yob with the voters dead in the center. that's three why barack obama came out ahead. 92 thank you, franklin for the great work in the campaign and up through the election. take your dial go on vacation. >> i wish i could, steve. tomorrow i go right back to work. >> steve: you are tough. thank you very much. straight ahead. how many of you think you are better off now than four years
>> i ran for office because i'm concerned about america. this election is over, but our principles endure. i believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and renewed greatness. >> tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching
out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. we've got more work to do. >> steve: it's over. >> brian: yes. this 18-month marathon is over. it came to a conclusion yesterday and a lot of real clear politics average turned out to be correct. in the bottle ground states t might have been close, but most went to president obama in the end. >> gretchen: i think a lot of people were surprised how not close it was in a lot of those states. >> brian: especially early. meanwhile, let's get to the numbers. florida is still too close to call. it's still in the balance. people were voting late into the night and some of the congressional districts who were not handing in their ballots yet. officials say they still need to count absentee ballots, 'cause it's that close. 46,000 separates them. we'll go live in just a couple of minutes.
>> steve: president obama took virginia with 93% of african-americans. in colorado, mitt romney got 74% of the yvonne gelcal vote, but still lost the state. mitt romney also lost in iowa, as you can see. the margin at the end, 52 for the president. and mitt romney behind that. >> gretchen: ohio went to president obama with six in ten voters approving of the auto bailout. that was only one of the only battle grounds that romney was able to grab, if you don't factor in indiana which went to obama. this time to romney. >> brian: even though more than half of the wisconsin vote divorce a positive opinion of paul ryan, it was not enough. obama took it. that went quick. that goes to show you that was one of the states you were looking at to see if things would be a route for romney. >> steve: same with
pennsylvania. despite his campaign's last minute push, voters gave the 20 elect oral votes to president obama. >> gretchen: we have live team coverage for you this morning. wendell goler is in chicago with the president. john roberts is in boston at mitt romney's headquarters and phil katy not guilty florida, the only state still undecided. we're going to wendell. >> brian: wendell wins again? >> gretchen: because he's with the winning candidate, the president. good morning. >> good morning, gretchen. as you point out, the race was close nationally. a couple percentage points in the popular vote. but it was not really close in the electoral college. the president getting twice as many votes as mitt romney there. mr. obama won the battle ground states, he held a persistent if narrow lead including ohio, pen and his opponent's home states, michigan and wisconsin, giving him more than 300 electoral votes even before florida is counted. that allows the party here in chicago to start earlier than many analysts predicted and if it was smaller than the huge
outdoor gathering in 2008 from inside the hotel attached to the convention center, you could hear drivers honking their car horns as they drove past. mr. obama congratulated romney and paul ryan on a tough campaign and called on republicans and democrats to abandon the partisanship that's been blocking the deal on the deficit. >> i believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. we're not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. >> the president says he wants to meet with mitt romney to discuss how they can work together. it remains to be seen if romney now has lost two bids for the white house, is still a credible spokesman for the republican party. steve, brian, gretchen. >> steve: all right.
thank you very much. the president will have to govern knowing that more than 56 million people voted for the other guy, mitt romney. john roberts is live from boston at the headquarters where mr. romney made his concession speech last night. john? >> good morning to you. it's got to be a difficult day for mitt romney. he was hoping that he would wake up in a different world where he was president-elect, ready to get back to work at the problems facing the country. instead, he's got a lot of time on his hands to figure out what he wants to do next and highly unlikely he will run for office in 2016. it was a long six-year road to get here, 25 debates, just in this election cycle, all the travel, all the hours, all the miles, including a full day on the plane yesterday. even though he had to be bitterly disappointed last night when he addressed the throng of supporters here at the boston convention center, he told them he did all he could to try to win. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the
field. we have given our all to this campaign. [ cheers and applause ] i so wish that i had been you heard frank luntz, he lost hispanics by 44 points, african-americans by 87 points. that's not a recipe for success. he allowed the obama campaign to gain him early on. john kerry learned that hard lesson. that's one to take forward in 2016. one other thing that happened with last night's defeat, he ruined the unbroken record of a
republican republican. >> gretchen: and the washington redskins won. if they lose at home, then usually the incumbent loses. >> right. >> steve: that's twice that that hasn't been true and maybe three times if you look at the popular vote versus electorate. >> brian: if you have time, try to find out if hillary clinton is run not guilty 2016 and start on that. >> all you have to do is look at how active bill clinton was to know that's distinct possibility. >> steve: what's mitt romney going to do? we understand that it sounds like the president of the united states and mitt may sit down to figure out how going forward -- keep in mind, with the balance of power, nothing changes. the white house still held by the democrats, senate still held by the democrats. the house still held substantially by the republicans. and it was suggested that perhaps the two of them would sit down to figure out how to -- >> brian: it was suggested by the president.
>> gretchen: that might be like a lunch maybe. i'll go out on a limb and say mitt romney is going to be like a cabinet member or anything like that. i think that was a way to extend the olive branch potentially last night, but i don't see any sort of -- maybe, maybe it will be different, but as you mentioned, it's all about the same. i love people talked about barak obama being concerned about his legacy, but you could also look at a flip side which is now that he's not going to be running for reelection, maybe he'll want morph his policies to come to fruition. >> brian: senator mccain goes no problem, i'll be senator from arizona still. paul ryan said i'll be chairman of finance over in the house. so mitt romney at 65, last time when he lost to mccain in the primaries, he got an offer to get $30 million minimum a year to join some huge firm. i'm sure he could go do that, although i don't think money is an much. >> gretchen: i think he's going to spend time with his grandkids. florida is 'til up for grabs.
phil keating joins us this morning. >> good morning. 2012, much closer for president obama in the state of florida than was 2008 when he beat mccain, senator mccain by three percentage points. despite the polling data, suggesting romney would best the president by 1.5 percentage points here in the state, with almost all of the votes counted, president obama appears to be winning in florida, 49.9% to 42.3% right now. 42,000 votes separating the two candidates down in miami-dade. 18,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. and west of here in tampa, another 6,000 absentees waiting to be counted. so those results, unofficial results, will come in today. then florida's official results will be posted on saturday. as for the vote turnout yesterday, while you have to give great credit to the obama ground game and organization,
they had more than 200,000 volunteers registering 300,000-plus new voters this year and it seems to have done the job. as far as the breakdown, 17% of the state is hispanic. florida's cuban americans went for romney. 50-47%. they're primarily in miami-dade county and there has been a surge of noncubans moving in to florida, primarily puerto ricans. they enabled for obama to best romney. unofficial in florida now. it's the only state undecided, but obama right now has the edge. small edge, but it's there. >> steve: all right. phil keating live in tampa, now joining us here on the curvy couch with more on the exit polls, heather. fox news talked to 26,000 people as they left the polls. what did we find? >> really fascinating information that we're still breaking down. it's a question that asks, are you better off than you were four years ago? 25% of those we spoke with said
they are better off. 33% say they feel worse. 41% say they feel exactly the same as they did four years ago. so the president being reelected despite 33% saying that they feel they're worse off. that's interesting. then we talk about the male vote. men backed mitt romney. he won 52% of that vote. 45% of men voted for president obama. >> gretchen: what about the female? >> the war on women seems like that really worked this time around. 53% of women voted for president obama. 55% voted for president obama. and 44% of them voted for mitt romney. that was just one point higher than four years ago when 43% of women voted for john mccain. >> brian: you remember the war on women started when george stephanopoulos asked in a republican debate, how do you feel about contraception and women? >> steve: who do you think was talking to him? >> brian: i don't have any idea. >> steve: what about the kid?
>> 60% of young voters went for president obama. but this is interesting. it was down 6% from 2008. that's what a lot of pundits predicted, that the enthusiasm really wasn't there this time around. >> brian: on the campuses. >> that's right. >> steve: plus when they're looking for a job and there aren't any, that's tough. >> a lot of young people. 37% of the youth vote went for mitt romney right now. >> gretchen: this is the most stunning result to me, the evidence of hurricane sandy, which happened just last week, break it down for us. >> this is fascinating. 42% of the people we talked with said that the storm response was important to them. 15% said it was the most important issue. imagine that. all the things going on in our world, in our country, 15%. >> brian: amazing thing, probably none of those people polled actually lived throughout storm because it is not going well. that's the most staggering stat. but everyone said he showed up, he talked to a republican governor, they walked around together, patted each other on the back and that was good
enough for them. >> i know you're talk about unemployment later on, but 38% said unemployment was the top issue. those went for mitt romney. >> steve: interesting stuff. >> gretchen: we'll see you next hour. thanks very much. making pot legal, this might get lost in some of the headlines today. it's going to be legal now in some states and it's not even for medicinal purposes, just to get high. the first states, yes, plural, to make it happen. >> brian: the new bactine. >> steve: stuart varney here and he's talking higher taxes. hello >> the spirit that lifted this country from the depth of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an american family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people
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>> gretchen: what's the financial fallout of america's decision? stuart varney with the key business issues on the president's agenda for term two. you have three very important points. good morning. >> i do. tax increases are almost certainly on the horizon. tax increases to people making more than $250,000 a year. tax increases on interest, dividend, capital gains and medicare tax, all going up. these were the centerpieces of president obama's campaign, raise taxes on the rich. he's now got four more years. increase leverage in the senate. i'm pretty sure this is going to happen. >> steve: but it's not just on the rich because the bush tax cuts are going to sunset at the end of this year unless the house and the president can come to a deal, monty hall style. >> yes, but i suspect a deal will be done, where the tax is only on people more than
250,000. >> steve: you don't think the house is -- >> i think the house is in no position to not cooperate, not compromise. it's the president who has got all of the leverage. a deal will be done on the fiscal cliff u about it will be done under president obama's terms. that's my opinion. >> steve: something we had talked about yesterday was yesterday's voting was the last time you could stop obamacare. there is no stopping it. >> no. obamacare goes through. romney would have repealed it and replaced it. that is not going to happen. obamacare, full steam ahead. tax increases, obamacare goes through, and debt. we are going to rack up a lot more debt. even the president's own plan, before the election, called for a $20 trillion debt by the year 2016. it's going to happen. >> gretchen: they're all sort of intermixed, are they not, because we can sit here and talk about obamacare for three hours because there will be increased taxes as a result of obamacare as well.
>> yes, there are. there will be taxes on generous health insurance plans, already a tax on tanning salons, taxes on the drug companies, medical devices. all those -- >> gretchen: selling your home? >> yes. that is on the capital gain that you make for selling your home, people making more than $250,000 a year. i think it's around 3% extra tax on that. >> gretchen: 3.6%. >> the bottom line is, there is no question, taxation, the whole level of taxation, the amount that the government takes out of the private sector is going to go up. nowhere but up, period. >> steve: we'll be watching your show at 9:20 eastern time because it will be interesting to see how the intersection of broad and wall reacts to four more years of president obama. >> very interesting. we shall see. >> steve: thank you very much. >> gretchen: speak of obamacare, one of the few people who read the entire bill, there is not many of those people around -- she's here live to explain what four more years means for your
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to draw legal challenges because it is still illegal under federal law. they're in the country illegally, but now they can get in-state tuition for college. maryland becoming the first state in america to approve their own version of the dream act by popular vote. all right. brian? >> brian: i was over your head when you were talking. president obama offering a a rosy picture of the economy in the victory speech last night. listen. >> economy is recovering, a decade of war is ending. a long campaign is now over. you elected us to focus on your jobs. not ours. >> brian: i guess the american people believe that because that man has gotten four more years, one employment at 7.9%, exit polls suggested a majority of americans think the economy is on the wrong track. so how did president obama still win four more years and convincingly? let's debate. joe trippi is here and ed rollins is here. joe, people say wrong track but don't blame him. they blame bush.
>> yeah. the exit polls said, 50%, thought bush was -- blame bush and the other thing, was it wasn't that big a split on the wrong track, right track question. 53-37. it had been in all the polling up to six weeks ago, it was like 31% thought we were on the right track. it creeped into the low 40s as we got close to the election, but last night it was 47%. that tells me people are starting to feel already that the economy was getting better, whether we think so or not or whether the numbers say so, people are feeling it. >> brian: that is job approval, nobody talked about it. 53% on election day. >> usually the job growth is what you get. he's close to that. i think the critical thing is the romney team and i'm not going to dump on them in any way, shape or form. they busted their tail for the last two years. they won the primaries fair and square. he did absolutely everything he could possibly do and half the vote. but at the same time, to beat an
incumbent president, you have to increase them to fire the president, he reached in that debate an alternative. he was an acceptable alternative, but not a better alternative. i think that was the failure of the campaign. >> one of the things that's pretty amazing about last night that we haven't focused on, only two presidents in the last 60 years have gotten 50% both times they ran. names, ronald reagan and barak obama. that's how -- no democrat has gotten over 50%. >> brian: it's significant. you saw how many -- on the other side, great accomplishment, but on the other side, romney wasn't too far behind in the popular vote. >> no, no. the romney campaign did a great -- look, to get that close against an incumbent president is a tough thing to do. >> the failure and obviously these guys have executed twice an extraordinary ground game. they told us what they were doing. there was no magic. >> brian: these guys democrats? >> democrats.
joe's team. they executed it extremely well. they built it during the primary season. there was no magic to it. it's running off tackle. >> brian: that's football analogy. willwe talked about this on rad. his last lap was the safe lap. the last debate was a big debate. no big interviews in the last three or four weeks. was that a mistake or did it even matter, joe? >> i think he lost this a long time -- now in hindsight, although i thought it was a mistake at the time. i thought his move to the right on immigration during the primaries was going to really make it tough to get enough hispanics in states like florida and colorado to push him over the top. >> brian: he might not have got the nomination if did he. >> we have to go back and look at and they won this on our turf twice. these were our states, these swing states were states that we had traditionally always had. >> brian: florida and ohio. >> florida, ohio, virginia.
those were our states. to lose twice in a row on that battle ground, we have to go reexamine what's the coalition. the first rule they teach in politics, any campaign schools 50% plus one. how do you hit that mark? basically we got to figure out. >> brian: i'm cheating, but joe told me by the printer that the problem is, for republicans, less and less white voters each and every year. if they don't reach out to a minority hispanic vote, they'll be in trouble no matter who the candidate is. >> that's right. bush and karl rove did when they were running was made a direct appeal with the hispanic community. bush increased that -- >> brian: learned spanish. >> right. he got to 44% of the hispanic vote in his reelection bid. i thought here was a party that is going to be in trouble. they're really getting this. then something happened in the cycle -- it started falling apart before that, but this time the romney people, i think, in terms to get the nomination, moving to the right, have taken a step back. >> the big failure is we didn't
get the senate. we basically -- we ended up with flawed candidates for the second cycle in a row. we had the seats and would have had both the house and senate. >> brian: promise to come back because we got to talk about what the next four years will look like. and i think immigration reform will be front and center. we'll probably have a hard time fighting it, especially if they do it bluntly. we'll see you on radio where you can dress down and take off the make-up. one minute before the bottom of the hour. one thing that has never happened in the history of politics, until last night, and this one is for the dames. when ted kennedy passed away, it was the first time there hasn't been a kennedy in washington. a kennedy didn't hold political office until last night. it changed. >> the nation is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. we citizens also have to rise to the occasion.
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forward. we look to democrats and republicans in government at all levels to put the people before the politics. >> thank you for believing all the way. through every hill, through every valley. you lifted me up the whole way and i will always be grateful for everything that you've done and all the incredible work that you put in. >> brian: he's got to be relieved. he never has to do this again. >> gretchen: and he has four more years. >> brian: president obama winning the electoral vote and popular vote, including almost all of the battle ground states. let's look at the numbers, florida still too close to call. people were voting late into the night, although president obama had been leading and was shrinking. they still need to count absentee ballots. that's how close it is. they'll reconvene at 9:00 o'clock this morning in times for bill hemmer and martha
mccallum. they must like them better. >> steve: president obama took virginia, with military voters split evenly between the two candidates. some will be surprised by that. hispanics in colorado voted three to one for obama, giving him that state by 51%. less took iowa. this is surprising actually, because many people thought that romney would win iowa or that it would be a dead heat to obama, 52-46. >> steve: the big kahuna in swing states, ohio, obama gotting just enough at 50%. lack too. 50 to 48. union households increased support for the president this year by five points. obviously that auto bailout ad barrage certainly did work. romney did win north carolina, as you can see right there, which mr. obama took last time around. >> brian: even though more than half of the voters, wisconsin voters a favorable opinion of paul ryan, it did not come close to bringing the state to mitt
romney. president obama, 53% of the vote. >> gretchen: despite the romney campaign's last minute push in pennsylvania, voters there gave the 20 electoral votes to president obama. 52-47. >> brian: i'm fascinated by that because you know president obama was worried, his camp was worried about it. bill clinton had three appearances there on tuesday. and we had mitt romney going there on tuesday, too. >> steve: when you look at some of the exit polling regarding ohio, a majority of americans still blame bush for the bad economy rather than the president. >> brian: there is two reasons. they might really believe that. the other thing is, that's all they've heard for four years. so after a while, it starts sinking in. i'm going to be fascinated at one point when we break down what went wrong with our economy and what policies were in place because people think the bush tax cut caused the crash on wall street. it's going to take a sober nonpolitical sensibility to go and analyze this and see what really happened. >> steve: although i think what joe trippi told you is probably
right, where there is a general feeling among a lot of people out there that the economy not great, but it's kind of inching back to something better. >> brian: inching. >> gretchen: let's see how it continues for the next four years. in the meantime, our team coverage continues. mike tobin is in ohio. peter doocy is also here. we begin with mike. >> good morning. really looks like the results in ohio had a lot to do with the auto bailout. those four words, let detroit go bankrupt attribute to do mitt romney and played out over and over again for ohio voters in that carpet bombing of advertisement to which they were subject. you get a good idea when you look at the county by county breakdown. mitt romney won most of the real estate in ohio, but the population centers like hamilton, where cincinnati is located, to the president. the manufacturing belt up in the north. including cuyahoga county where we saw the vice president and mitt romney make that final push yesterday, all of that went to
the president. then when you start looking at the exit polling results, nearly six in ten vote increase ohio said they supported the auto bailout and 75% of those who supported the bailout also supported president obama here in ohio. there is one other question. you were just talk being it a short time that really gets your attention here in a state that is about tenth in terms of foreclosures. how do you flame blame for your current economic problems? 51% blame president bush. only 40% of them put the blame or the responsibility with the current president. that says a lot about who is getting the message out and who is getting their message to stick. gretchen? >> gretchen: all right. mike tobin live for us in ohio with all the details coming out of that. >> brian: earlier steve pointed out something very heartened, you listen to my segments. >> steve: absolutely. i was listening. >> brian: it's an honor. >> steve: joe trippi was right, we were talking about the polls yesterday and it turns out he was pretty darn close. after months of campaigning by
hundreds of candidates, the republican party keeping control of the u.s. house of representatives. peter doocy just about two blocks from the house of representatives joins us from the capitol. peter? >> and you're right, republicans kept control of the house. results are still coming in. we just learned a few hours ago that prominent minnesota congresswoman michelle bachmann will hold on to her seat. but democrats kept control of the senate, winning just about every race that was expected to be close in massachusetts, elizabeth warren unseated senator scott brown. and democrats won several other close races in states that were thought to possibly swing in the presidential race, like wisconsin, virginia, ohio, pennsylvania, and florida, and democrats also came out on top in the senate races in states that mitt romney won, like missouri and indiana. a different story in texas. ted cruz was elected to the u.s. senate. he's the first hispanic politician to represent the state of texas in the u.s.
senate ever. he was backed by the tea party and seen by many as a rising star in the republican party. there are two senate races that are still too close to call in north dakota and montana, but winning those would not be enough to tip the balance of power in favor of republicans in the senate. although at the state level, republicans did pick up a governorship, that was p north carolina. there are now at least 30 states with republican governors and there is a good stat in today's "washington post" that says no republican governor has lost reelection in the last five years. the 30 governors for the republican party are the most that either side has had in more than a decade and it might tick up to 32 because races in montana and washington have not yet been called. >> gretchen: very interesting analysis. thanks very much, peter. >> steve: so the point is, nothing changed. balance of power, republicans still hold the house, one house. the senate held by the democrats, the white house as well. >> brian: year and a half later, we've had absolutely no sleep.
in the news. >> steve: we got other big races across the country. camelot returning to washington. joseph kennedy iii elected to the house of representatives for massachusetts 4th district. the 32-year-old defeated his republican opponent. meanwhile, kennedy will fill barney frank's seat. he, frank, retiring. kennedy is the grand saab of senator robert f. kennedy. >> gretchen: history made in new hampshire. home to the first all female congressional delegation. former democratic congresswoman porters beating republican frank genta to regain the seat she lost two years ago. democrats and custer winning her race. states represented by republican senator kelly ayotte and democratic senator gene shay. the granite state electing a female governor, maggie asan. >> steve: so they picked autopsy couple. from bad to worse, nor'easter on the way weather wise.
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devastation. very strong winds forecast, up to 60 miles per hour. weaker inland. very cold rain, temperatures in the 30s and 40s and some of that rain will be transitioning over to snow. we could be seeing as much as widespread one to three inches across parts of delaware, up in through parts of new england. but gretchen, some spots could be seeing as much as six inches and that includes portions of new jersey, through parts of new england. >> gretchen: thanks very much. we'll keep a close eye on that throughout the day. steve? >> steve: thanks. president obama asked voters for another four years and they gave it to him bay majority. what should you expect in the president's second term? fox news legal analyst peter johnson, jr. has been thinking about things that happened last night. >> you know, i think it's a patriotic obligation of all americans to understand that a second term means a second chance. that doesn't mean giving up
first principles, but it also means really that in terms of going forward for the people who didn't vote for the president, that there is almost a commutation. there is almost a pardon for past sins, for past disagreements where we say yeah, we're going to pull together. the real issue becomes will the president come across the aisle? will the president appeal to that 48 or 49% of the american people who strongly disagree with him and voted against him in high, high numbers yesterday? the president made a lot of promises, cutting the deficit, cutting the cost of tuition, reducing foreign oil imports by 50%, solving the tax maggedden, solving the fiscal cliff, insuring our defense expenditures aren't cut in half and make us really a weak, weak super power. so there is an obligation that's conferred on the president to bring us together and he talked about the american people as being a family last night.
>> we are an american family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people. for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. >> he says he's learned and that he's been inspired and that he's determined to reach across the aisle. there is a great burden and there is a great obligation on him to perform when there are so many people hurt not guilty this country, 7.9% unemployment. but at the same time, there is an obligation on people who have disagreed with him in the past, including me and many others in this country, who share the same views that i do, to give him the opportunity to lead. leadership means consensus and compromise and understanding what other people are thinking. >> steve: peter, i get your point on family, but keep in mind, his campaign relentlessly tried to divide americans for 18 months and as people wake up, we know that we've got big problems.
we've got to too something about, but still, people are a little steamed -- >> it's more than the campaign. it was almost four years of division and class warfare. we need to hope and pray that the president understands now that that policy is divisive and that policy is destructive to the future of the united states. but at the same time, all of us need to pull together and say, this is our president. the electorate has spoken. we'll give him an opportunity to lead because if we don't give him an opportunity to lead, then we all suffer. when he makes a mistake, i'm going to point it out hard, but let's give him the opportunity to change ways, mend fences, bring all of us together. that's what we need in this country. a lot of people are upset and dispinted, but our future is more important than this one election. can he change? >> steve: excellent point. let's hope a lesson has been learned and he surprises us with moderation.
>> hope is important. >> steve: it is indeed. peter johnson, jr. with some post game analysis. >> god bless america, it's an important day. >> steve: ten minutes before the top of the hour on this busy wednesday. remember when president obama said, if you like your health care, you can keep it? well, maybe not so fast. the woman who read the entire health care bill with the bill here to explain next. [ male announcer ] in blind taste tests, even ragu users chose prego. prego?! but i've bought ragu for years. [ thinking ] woer what other questionable choices i've made? i choose date number 2! whooo! [ sigh of relf ] [ male announcer ] choose taste. choose prego. remember when christmas was magical? let's get back there. celebrate the arrival of santa at bass pro shops this saturday and the unveiling of santa's wonderland. time passes. hold on to christmas.
>> gretchen: one of the major issues on voters' minds was obamacare. so how did it factor in at the polls and what does president obama's reelection mean now for the future of health care in america? >> brian: that we have it and it's called obamacare? i just answered the segment. betsy mccoy is here, former lieutenant governor of new york and also the author of "decoding obama health care" and read the
whole bill and has it on her lap. >> unfortunately, it's a law now. it's going to roll out as written because of the election results last night. for example, for the first time in history, the government will be in control of your care even if you have a private health plan, you paid for yourself songs section 1311, the government dictates how doctors treat even privately insured patients. number two, seniors can expect less care because over half of this gigantic law is paid for with cuts to medicare. so for example, hospitals will have $247 billion less money in the decade to care for the same number of seniors. they're starting to lay off nurses. that's why there is a nursing strike going on in california right now. and it will mean a harder time for elderly patients who are struggling to survive their hospital stay. we've seen in the past, for example, that heart attack patients are less likely to survive when hospitals cut down on nursing care. number 4, and this is critical,
if you're one of the 165 million people who get your health plan through an employer, your own or your spouse's, you're likely to hear your employer tell you this year, i'm sorry, in 2014, i'm not going to be offering a health insurance. >> brian: i'm taking the fine? >> i'm taking the fine or i'm pushing you down to part-time status, one or the other. so you'll have to go to the health insurance exchange in your state or may be pushed onto medicaid if you're a low paid employee, such as retail salesperson. or a busboy, somebody starting out in life. number five, women kind of got bamboozled in this election. so much of it was about contraception, but nothing in this gigantic law guarantees access to contraception. what your health plan covers is totally up to the president's appointees. so this occupant of the white house says cover contraception, and the next occupant of the white house could say just the opposite, no contraception.
>> gretchen: interesting. those are the top five things. i'm sure there are many more things we'll continue to talk about as we move forward with the full implementation of obamacare. you know through and through. thank you so much. brand new exit polls, most americans think the economy is on the wrong track, but still voted for president obama. so we will analyze how that happened. >> brian: then the president says he's ready to reach across the aisle and talked about it last night in his speech. but congress has not changed. so can he really deliver on that promise? will he change? >> tonight you voted for action. not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs. not ours. in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet challenges we can only solve together [ female announcer ] i found the best cafe in the world.
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>> i believe we can seize this future together because we are not as decide as our politics suggest. we are more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. and together with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward. >> i so wish, i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader and so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. thank you and god bless america! >> gretchen: both candidates last night won in a concession speech and won in a winning speech. >> steve: we have a winner and, ladies and gentlemen, after a very long time, $2 billion, 18
months, it's over. >> brian: we'll find out if things will change because remember early on, the first things we heard was rush limbaugh's, the symbol of the republican party. they don't want to deal with me and elections have consequences and i won to eric cantor. all those things that said divide, i'm gog do it my way. i won. i'm the new president. if the president wants to set the tone, he'll set it early. in a speech last night, he seemed to be saying everything as if he's going to be reaching across the aisle. >> steve: let's hope so because we got really big things that are cooking at the end of this year. unless we solve them, we'll have real big trouble come january 1. >> gretchen: i think you're alluding to the fiscal cliff. >> steve: and the sequester and a lot of stuff. >> gretchen: talk a lot about it. but president obama winning the electoral vote and popular vote, including every battle ground states. here are the latest numbers. >> steve: if you're in florida, many of our viewers are, you're still too close to call at this hour.
97% of the precincts reporting. the president has 50%. mitt romney has 49%. people were voting late because they were in line at 9 p.m absentee ballots still have not been counted. we're going to take you down to florida, find out what's cooking there in a couple of minutes. >> brian: and you just saw ohio. virginia, safely in president obama's column. for the longest time, governor romney was winning, but in the end, they split the military vote, thanks mostly to the african-american vote. in colorado. >> gretchen: governorry, got most of the evangelical state, but lost due to a lack of support among hispanics. the final tally, 51% obama. 47% romney. >> steve: the president also took the state of iowa, 52 to 46%. the majority of his supporters there were young voters. many first-time voters. >> gretchen: the all important swing state of ohio, also went to president obama.
50-48, he can thank union voters. they increased their support by five points. >> steve: governor romney won north carolina which obama won last time around. that was only one of the battle ground states that mitt romney was able to steal. and even -- won. and even though more than half of the wisconsin voters have a favorable opinion of paul ryan, it wasn't enough to give republicans a win in wisconsin. president obama took wisconsin, as you can see there, 53-46%. many of those voters saying they favored the auto bailout, which was a gigantic issue out there. >> brian: there is so much to analyze. we're just giving you the quick short course. despite the romney campaign's last minute push in pen opinion and bill clinton's counter push, voters there gave the electoral vote to president obama. we were all duped on that, duped on iowa and duped on new hampshire. all the polling showed that tightening up. >> steve: maybe not so reliable.
>> gretchen: actually undersold the reality because they had it at a much tighter race than how it ended up. >> steve: some of them had democrats by two. some of them had by 11. i think at thend of the night, it was democrats plus six. >> gretchen: we have live team coverage, john roberts in boston at mitt romney's headquarters. phil keating in florida, the only state still undecided. let's start with wendell goler because he is in chicago with the president. good morning again, wendell. >> good morning. it was ohio that decided the election for the president last night. but that's because the once reliably red state of virginia had already been called for him. fox news projected mr. obama had been reelected about 11:15, a minute or so after declaring him the winner in ohio. even though the popular vote was close, he still still had 50% more electoral votes, and that's before florida's votes are counted. the race was the most expensive ever. billions of dollars spent by the campaigns and outside groups.
much of it on negative ads, but once the decision was clear, mr. obama said he looked forward to working with mitt romney and republicans in congress, which remain divided. the house in slight israeli fewer republican hands. >> you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet challenges we can only solve together, reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. we've got more work to do. >> one issue the two parties have to resolve is whether to increase taxes to come up with part of the money to reduce the deficit. neither the president nor house speaker john boehner signaling compromise on that in their post-election comments. >> gretchen: thank you so much, wendell goler live with the
president. >> steve: after the president of the united states talked to mitt romney on the telephone, first call he made after that was to bill clinton thanking him for all the help. who do you think he's going to be support not guilty four years? >> brian: joe biden. >> steve: maybe. he is his vice president. mitt romney hoped to give a much different speech last night in boston. he said he had not written a concession speech, but you know what? this morning we know he gave a very classy speech thanking his supporters and urging leaders to work across the aisle for the good of the country. john roberts is live in boston for the good of the country. good morning to you, john. >> good morning to you, steve. a couple of things we did learn last night. you were talking about the polls. for all of the complaints that the earlier polls were oversampling democrats, those polls turned out in the end to be pretty accurate. we also learned that the closing days of a race, some states begin to look pretty attractive, look like they're in play and they're really not. i remember in 2004 when vice president cheney made a day long run out to hawaii and back
because it looked like it was in play briefly. but it wasn't anywhere near being in play. the big question is, what happens going forward? the election last night proved we are broadly divided as a country and we're facing some very serious issues. is this a recipe for bipartisan cooperation or is it a recipe for more gridlock? certainly in the closing days of his campaign, governor romney was saying that he would do whatever he could to reach across the aisle to work with good democrats, to get things done. last night in his concession speech, he urged those who will be in power for the next session to do the same thing. here he is. >> the nation is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisanship. we have to reach across the aisles and the citizens have to rise to the occasion. we look to our teachers and professors, we count on you not just to teach, but to inspire our children with a passion for learning and discovering. >> it is unclear from here on in
what governor romney's plans are going to be, at least for today. we understand from advisors he may gather his staff together to say thanks for all their hard work over these long months. and it's also unclear at this point what he will do in terms of whether he will continue to be a leader in the gop party or return to the private sector. what seems to be pretty clear is that he is the last person of his generation who will run for president as a republican. there are all those young guns out there, ryan, rubio, chris christie, bobby jindal and others who are now thinking long and hard about whether or not they are going to make a run at the presidency for 2016. guys? >> steve: that is such a good point. john roberts live in boston. i got an e-mail from somebody that said simply, 1456. that's the number of days until election 2016. >> come on. >> gretchen: please. >> brian: we got midterms in between there. >> gretchen: let's get through the weekend. i think john would attest to that. get some rest, john. good seeing you. >> brian: meanwhile, florida, the only state still undecided. officials supposed to resume
counting absentee ballots. they'll start at 9 a.m phil keating said 9:00 a.m.? i'm going to get up at 5:00 a.m. i'm going to talk to "fox & friends" for all three hours. am i right? >> you are correct. at this point, until those absentees are filled in and added to the statewide total, where we stand right now is president obama with a seven tenth of a percentage lead over governor romney. long lines plaguing south florida well into the wee hours of this morning. in fact, those lines stretched into the dark. people were taking 45 minutes just to vote. the last person to vote at one precinct in miami-dade did not vote until 1 a.m let's focus on the i-4 corridor. the voters in st. petersburg, in tampa, hillsborough county, and in orlando metro area, orange county, they all went for president obama. that's the crucial swing part of this swing state. the central section of the
state, romney had to win the i-4 corridor to pull florida. he failed. president obama appears to have bested him and at this point, let's take a look how the breakdown happened in the exit polling as far as the noncuban hispanics in florida. 68% went for president obama. 32% for romney. even though the cuban americans bested for romney over obama. as far as the senior citizen vote, well, obama lost that in the state of florida to romney, 58% to 42%. at this point, there are 42,000 votes separating president obama and governor romney out of 8.2 million votes cast. 27,000 remaining absentee, even if romney won them all, it appears he could not make up for the current president lead. >> brian: overall, thanks a lot. he's saying basically, it is going to end up in the president's column. that's what i'm getting. heather is here to talk about why the vote went the way it did. you went inside the numbers.
>> that's right. we are looking at the exit polls? >> brian: you're our terry bradshaw for the day. >> i'm not. i'm helping you guys break it down and help folks understand what happened. the economy was the top issue. perhaps that's no surprise. 52% of voters that we polled across the country say america right now is on the wrong track. just 46% thought the country was going in the right direction. compare that to four years ago, or rather eight years ago, to president bush's 2004 reelection, 49% at that time said things were going well in this country. that's a really interesting one. 52% said we're going on the wrong track, yet president obama winning another term. >> steve: yes, speaking of george bush, people have been hearing the democrats say, look, we wound up with a terrible situation. we inherited it. according to the exit polls, a lot of people believe that. >> yeah, that thing stuck. nearly four years after president bush left office, he is still blamed for the economy.
53% actually saying that george bush is more to blame for the dire straits of our economy. 38% say president obama is at fault. >> steve: what's the statute of limitations on that? >> gretchen: apparently four years. what about when you break it down for the youth vote? this is what really catapulted president obama, one of the things four years ago. >> 60% of the youth vote went for president obama this year. but that's down six points from 2008. mitt romney got 37% of the youth vote. doing a little better than republicans did last time around. >> steve: that's right. and the october surprise turned out to be somebody, something named sandy. >> who would have thing that? 42% of those people we spoke with said the response to the storm was an important issue. and 15% said it was the most important issue. so this may have -- >> gretchen: i can't believe those numbers. >> this may have become a national issue, in fact. >> brian: they're one of the
shallowest country in the history of man. one picture of a man walk over a two by four and all of a sudden he's handling the storm well. he hasn't done anything. >> steve: just curious, with the exit polling, what percentage thought that romneysia was an actual medical condition. >> brian: not covered by obamacare or is. >> gretchen: i don't even want to know that answer, if that was a question. thanks. it was one of the tightest races of the night. did michelle bachmann hold on to her seat in congress in minnesota? >> brian: then what did president obama do better than mitt romney? our panel is digging into the winning strategy.
12347 amid a fragile economy and high unemployment and high gas prices, president obama scored a victory over mitt romney last night. stealing his re-- sealing his reelection bid. in the end, what were the keys to victory? why did mitt romney fall short? let's ask our political panel, lady lynn is chief executive of the holding company, el rothschild, a democratic strategist and douglas is president of the american action forum and former director of the congressional budget office. i guess that means you know how to crunch numbers. lot of number crunching going on last night. but in the end, maybe you didn't really need to crunch them so much, douglas, because obama won pretty easily. >> it is one of the remarkable things that the end, the race looked like it looked a year ago, despite all the campaigning and money spent, that the polls going in were reflective of what came out. the only thing that happened was that for a month in between, there were hopes raised on the republican side because the momentum that appeared to gather hyped mitt romney. in the end, i think the president gets credit for a tremendous tactical victory. this was really a ground game in
turning his voters out to the polls. it doesn't look like an whoever whelming governing mandate. >> gretchen: how does a republican, many people are going to ask -- lose against a man who has high gas prices, high unemployment, more people than ever on food stamps, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera? >> i think the headline is that the republican party needs to become more inclusive, that it cannot be a party that pushes its candidate into being a severe conservative. we are a center right with emphasis -- >> gretchen: mitt romney -- he called him safe severe conservative, but he want really. >> but that's the problem. enough people know he said he was a severe conservative, that he wanted to take away funding for planned parenthood, that he raised his hand when he was asked by our dear chris wallace, would you put one dollar of revenue on the table against nine dollars of tax cuts? most americans think there has to be a balanced approach.
and the republican primary process pushes a candidate so far to the right that it's impresident obama possible to come back -- impossible to come back. could he have done better? maybe. but i actually think that mitt romney was a bad choice for the republicans. when newt gingrich said he reminds you of the person who fired you, that stuck with me. [ laughter ] >> gretchen: democrats are obviously really happy not only for president obama this morning, but for the senate. >> right. i think the bottom line here is you alluded to, you can not win as a republican if you are losing three quarters of the latino vote, if you have an 18 point gender gap among women. i think mitt romney saying the word self-departation during the
primary really came back to haunt him last night. so democrats are looking forward in terms of our majority held in the senate. we elected amazing senator elizabeth warren in massachusetts, we're very excited about that. i think that we are looking forward and hoping the republican also take responsibility in governing going forward. >> gretchen: 20 seconds, how did the republicans do that? you've got the tea party element and then you've got people who believe it should be more moderate. how are they going to coalesce this party? >> i think this is about leadership and good candidates. republicans extended their governmentship hold. they held the house in spite of the president winning. nancy pelosi had a very bad night. they had. >> it's tough for the -- time for the republicans to understand they can not put lunatics -- five republican seats in the senate were lost because crazy people were nominated by the tea party. >> gretchen: that's a whole separate issue. but the panel is going to stick around for this. the president says he's ready to reach across the aisle, but he's working with a divided house. so does he need to change his approach? a loaded question. this man, the brand-new senator from texas making history last night. we'll tell you why
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>> steve: after months of campaigning, year and a half, by hundreds of candidates, the balance of power in congress shows little change this morning. the republican keeping control of the house of representatives. among those relie detectorred, tea party favorite michelle bachmann, winning her fourth term. she beat democrat jim graves. now in the senate races, democrat claire mccaskill from missouri, once considered among the most vulnerable, beat republican todd aiken. and republican and tea backed cuban american ted cruz made history. he becomes the first hispanic to
win a senate seat in texas. congratulations to all the winners. gretchen. >> gretchen: john boehner set to address the fiscal cliff later today, urging both parties to find common ground and take steps to improve the economy. with americans giving the president four more years, democrats controlling the senate and republicans still holding the house, will government gridlock continue to stand in the way? we're back with our political panel. we were just discussing how did independents go? turns out the exit polling showed that 45% went for obama. 49% went for mitt romney, which is a much smaller margin than what the original polls showed. does it mean anything to you, douglas? >> it certainly is reflective of the end result, but i still think in the end, the key mechanically to the obama victory was the turnout operation on the ground and in key states getting electoral votes. this wasn't an overwhelming popular vote victory. it was a brilliant tactical victory. >> gretchen: compromise, lady lynn, will it be plausible to expect that to happen, the
president last night saying purple states, he's going to reach now across the aisle, though many argue he didn't in the first four years. obamacare being the signature development of partisanship. will it change? >> we have to pray it changes. when barak obama entered office in 2009, he said we won the election, elections have consequences. and he pushed through partisan things. i think his speech last night indicated that maybe he has learned something. let's hope it starts with humility and a willingness to compromise. the best thing he can do would be to call mitt romney and say, what prosecute you really thinking about changing the tax code? 'cause mitt romney ended up saying that he would not cut taxes, but that he would be revenue neutral or create revenue. so why don't they start there and aim towards simpson bowles, have a new slate? i think it's got to be president
obama reaching out. the wordward book was absolutely terrifying about how president obama did not reach out, would not compromise. >> gretchen: can he really change who he is then? which one is president obama? >> i'm actually looking how president obama is. i'm looking how house republicans will behave. i think after last night, the responsibility is on house republicans and speaker john boehner to compromise, even more so because the fiscal -- >> gretchen: why? the president is the leader. >> and john boehner is the leader of one of the branches of government as well. so i think that the fiscal crisis is a manufactured crisis because of the unwillingness of house republicans to compromise and increase revenues. so the bottom line here is that all of these different segments of government need to work together. it's not just the president. >> this is the president's greatest challenge. the divided government is more norm than the exception. this will be his challenge in
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decided to give back rather than kick back. instead of sitting back and go, we're so rich, let's travel as much as we can and do what we want. >> steve: live it up. >> brian: he decided the second half of his career to be in politics. >> steve: he did. and it was a classy thing. the president of the united states said such nice things about the romneys. >> brian: it took a while. >> steve: it did. it was after he had obviously been reelected. and as we've been telling you all morning, americans have now reelected president obama for four more years. he won both the popular and electoral votes. there was some question going in if one would get one and the other the other. nope. the president got both. the jury still out in florida. figuratively. president obama is ahead there by a whisker. officials there will start counting absentee ballots later this morning of the but at this point, it really does not matter. >> gretchen: in virginia, governor romney lost his early lead to the president 51-48%. the military vote, this is surprising, it will be to some -- it was split evenly. african-americans gave democrats the edge. let's go out west where despite
winning the majority of the evangelical vote, mitt romney lost colorado, 51-47%. the state's growing hispanic population making history. this is the first time colorado handed a democrat president a second term in 76 years. >> brian: iowa. home to president obama's first and last stop. young first time voters handed the president the victory. 52-46. a loft moderates there which he seemed to have also gonered. in the all important swing state of ohio, labor, yes, union support was the difference, five points additional from 2008 went his direction. that helped push president obama over the top 50-48. >> steve: north carolina, mid atlantic battleground state that president obama won in 2008, went to, as you can see, mitt romney gets the checkmark this time around. 51-48. even though more than half of wisconsin have a favorable opinion of their congressman,
paul ryan, president obama won 53-46. he carried almost 60% of wisconsin's young voters and female voters as well. >> gretchen: the final battle ground state, pennsylvania, went to president obama despite a last minute push by romney's campaign. that's fascinating because there is a five point split in the latest poll coming out of pennsylvania yesterday morning was 47-47. >> steve: our team coverage continues this morning of the mike tobin is live in ohio. william lajeunesse is in l.a. which also went to the president. but he's got surprising results on several ballot issues. we'll start in the big kahuna of ohio. >> steve, i want to expand a little on what brian was talking, about manufacturing and unions play ago decisive role in the president taking this key bottleground state. when the talk about the union support, increasing by 5%, according to the exit polls of
president obama since 2008, 61% of the union support went to the president, eclipsing the support of governor romney. and then you go to the county by county breakdown, you see all of that red in the county breakdown in the center of the state. most of the real estate went to governor romney. but you look at the population centers. particularly in the north. manufacturing belt there. all of that went to president obama, cuyahoga county where they paid so much attention, all that went to the president. and it really looks, linked to the auto bailout. get to the exit poll questioning, do you support the auto bailout? six in ten ohio voters support the auto bailout. of those supporters, 75% of them voted for the president. you heard those words. let detroit go bankrupt. they got put into the advertisements, the voters here in ho had were carpet bombed with those ads ads and it really looks like the message got through. steve? >> steve: it does indeed. mike tobin live in ohio. thank you. >> gretchen: for the first time,
same sex marriage was approved in maine and maryland and colorado and washington also making history in a different way. joining us live from los angeles with the details, william lajeunesse. some people say it's all gone to pot. >> the question is, what is the federal government's next move after colorado and washington become the first states to defy federal statutes and legalize marijuana. allowing people to grow and store to sell up to an ounce to those who are over 21. the likely impact? lower prices and lower profits for the cartels. as colorado ramps up production. but now do more states legalize pot, arguing fewer people in the system saves money, or do the feds step in, prosecuting users and growers and punishing the states by withholding highway money? >> under marijuana prohibition, we're sending millions of dollars into an underground market where it's benefitting cartels and gangs when we could
be sending millions of dollars into legitimate colorado businesses and producing tax revenue for our state. >> and for the first time in the u.s., by popular vote, maryland, maine and washington approved gay marriage, prompting celebrations in several cities. in the past, same sex marriage was approved by the courts and state lawmakers. gay marriage is now legal in nine states, but banned or prohibited in 41. which is why many expect this to be decided by the supreme court. >> jubilation and finally we've got justice for all of us. it took everyone working together, coalition, religious groups, straight folks, everybody working together to make it happen. >> the president says he supports gay marriage, but opposes legalizing marijuana. for supporters, this a water shed moment and opening to an end to the drug war if others
follow. but the colorado governor said last night, and i'm quoting, the voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. but that said, federal law still says marijuana is illegal and so, brian and steve, do not break out the cheetos or goldfish, unquote. no boulder brownies for you guys. >> gretchen: we'll pass. >> brian: now we can tax it and we bring it in off the streets. >> gretchen: what do we say to the parents and kids? that's a whole nother debate. >> steve: what's to keep somebody from getting potted up and getting behind the wheel? nothing. >> brian: i don't want to be the pro-pot guy. victims of hurricane sandy bracing for another storm. this is not a joke. a nor'easter expecting to hit today. hundreds of flights canceled. joining us now from long beach, new york, anna kooiman. this is dejavu. >> they can't win for losing.
extra vulnerable. 60 mile-an-hour winds, already after the terrible damage from hurricane sandy, these people are absolutely devastated. this sand has been taken into the streets. and we've been watching as bulldozes piled it high to try to offer some sort of protection to the area. the boardwalk still a mangled and tangled mess. about 33,000 people live here year round on long beach. they do rely heavily on tourism. they're hoping this thing is back up and running by the summer. in the here and now, all they can think about is trying to stay warm as they brace for this nor'easter. >> you don't have any plumbing, you don't have any power. >> no electric, can't get to the bank. no cell phones. the landlord hasn't been around. we need heat. we need running water. it's sewage water. it's disgusting. i don't know if i'm going to make it anymore. i don't know what to do. i can't do it no more.
>> you hear the terrible desperation in their voices. she's not alone. so many people we've talked to around here and there are evacuations in place. once again in low lying areas. some are mandatory. a lot of people don't want to leave the few belongings they still have. they're worried about looters. crews brought in these utility lights, if you can see all the way down there, to try to ward off those types of problems and put up a curfew into place. you see this debris. this is the sight you see up and down every single street here in long beach. you do see a few signs of resilience. that american flag erected above the rubble. it will be covered possibly with snow soon of the some areas predicted to get up to six inches. back to you. >> gretchen: thank you very much for that update. >> brian: probably the hardest hit on long island right there. they're not getting any generators. very little light. president obama wins back to back elections. so what are the republicans doing wrong to this point? karl rove worked the numbers all night. will be here live. he's here already
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>> steve: the people of america have spoken and have relie detectorred president obama to four more years. so what does republican party need to do from today on? let's talk to the former senior advisor to president george w. bush, karl rove. good morning to you. >> good morning. how are you? >> steve: i'm doing okay. what happened? >> well, if you look at the exit polls, basically obama kept the coalition that he had in 2008. only it was a little smaller. this will be the first president reelected sent to second term with a smaller percentage of the vote than the first term. there are only two states in the union where he got a higher percentage of the vote this time around than he got the first time. one is mississippi by one quarter of 1%.
hawaii, by less than one fifth of 1%. otherwise, he basically held together that coalition, which means if we're going to win in the future, republicans need to do better among latinos and they need to do better among women, particularly single women. >> steve: let's start with the latino, hispanic vote. your former boss, george w. bush, years ago tried to fix that. >> right. >> steve: he was repudiated by his own family. >> no, no. flummoxed by the actions of harry reid who blocked his bill and by the vote of the freshman senator from illinois who after pledging support for comprehensive immigration reform voted for all the killer amendments sponsored by the labor unions. so that was barak obama. >> steve: wouldn't you say that -- >> the republican party had better pay attention to the latino vote. last night we had my home state of texas, we lie detectorred a latino united states senator. we lost two members of the house
of representatives from texas. but we got to pay attention to latino examines also look, we have an opportunity among young people. the millenials last night gave their votes to president obama, but by a 23 point margin, opposed to a 34% margin four years ago. we can make the case and we better be making the case to younger voters that the party ought to associate themselves with the party of choice and liberty. >> steve: what about women? so many women, single women in particular, went to the president of the united states. a lot of them had seen those ads. they heard pundits on television. they knew that if he was elected, mitt romney was going to take away their contraception. >> this was a defensive measure on the president's part. let's not kid ourselves. he lost support among single women. he dropped three points. but that's not enough when you're starting with 70 and ending up with 67. look, i think there is something else hidden in here. the republicans on the issue of the economy, 51% of the american people said the issue of the
economy was -- 59% said it was their number one issue. they broke for mitt romney 51-47. we need to do a better job of making our economic case. that number should have been and could have been larger. one of the reasons it was not s this was not a strategic race. it was a tactical race. this thing was -- think about this. strong leader. who do you think? romney or obama? 61% of those who felt mitt romney was a strong leader picked him over obama. shares my values. 55-42. has a vision for the future, 54-45. cares about people like me, 81 for obama. 18 for romney. they had disqualified him in many people's minds as being a rich guy who didn't care about them. >> steve: they spent those hundreds of millions of dollars and mr. romney did not really respond to them for the longest time. that's probably a major problem, hindsight is always 20/20. you talked about some things
that the republican party got to deal with going forward. hispanics, women, other demographics. what about the party itself? any changes with the party itself? >> of two do a better job of making our case about the economy. for the foreseeable future, anemic growth and high unemployment will be the case. in the midterm, we'll have a -- in the coming years, we'll have a fiscal crisis. the amount of debt that we're growing is unsustainable. we need to make a better stronger case on the economy and on the necessary reforms to put our fiscal house in order. >> steve: did you get any sleep last night? >> not at all because i was prepping for this morning. i tried to find a table that i could slip under for a few moments, but no, between you and the "wall street journal" column i got to turn in today, no time at all. >> steve: we understand. we'll be reading your column tomorrow morning. thanks very much. straight ahead, the man who was predicted correctly every presidential election does it again. larry sabato called this one for obama. how did he know? he's next with brian. but first, somebody else who
didn't get much shut eye last night is that man, bill hemmer. >> we're fresh, steve. good morning to you. just like you were talking with karl there, here we now go head first into the biggest issues in the country. they have not changed. fiscal cliff, taxes, military cuts, debt and deficit spending, our analysts are lined up on all of that. republicans control the house. we hear from john boehner on his strategy next. and how did this election break and where weather to now, america? martha and i will see you the day after, november 7 here, on "america's newsroom" how can you get back pain relief that lasts up to 16 hours? with thermacare heatwraps. thermacare works differently. it's the only wrap with patented heat cells that penetrate deep to relax, soothe, and unlock tight muscles. for up to 16 hours of relief, try thermacare.
but not for our next guest. he he got it right again. he called the election for the president. but just how accurate was he? >> brian: we'll find out. he was right on the money. let's cut to it. larry sabato. people want to go to your class. it said dr. sabato said likely obama likely to win reelection. you almost nailed it to the t. what were your numbers and right now we have president obama with 303-206. >> we actually, by election day, had put virginia in obama's column. that raised him from 290-303. he's likely to win florida. we missed florida. we estimated romney would win florida by 1%. in fact, he has lost it apparently by a fraction of 1%. so florida for us was the surprise, but we got the other ones right. >> gretchen: what made you, larry, switch to virginia on the last day for obama? >> because i always look at the
last minute drift. it's not even a trend. it's a drift. and it was pretty obvious by that point that even the republicans were telling me in this state, 50-50. well, when somebody tells me that about their own candidate and the other side says they're going to win by a point or two, that is important to me. >> gretchen: how did they know that? >> because they have tracking polls and they have informal measures. enthusiasm, which was stressed too much in the past campaign, that's important, but some other primary indicators of how key groups are going is much better. >> brian: tell me if this is a prevailing thought: everyone agreed the economy was the main issue. but most, 50% thought it still was bush's fault. >> yes. at various times, brian and gretchen, we talked about the fact that obama was well positioned to benefit from the fact that he was first term,
that his party had only been in for four years. when you succeed a president who had major problems and the economic collapse occurred on bush's watch, you can get away with blaming. go back and watch bill clinton's speech at the democratic convention. it was pretty much about saying the prior administration was responsible. it worked. >> gretchen: larry, will you stick around? i want to ask you about the midterm elections. can't believe i'm going to say that, but i want to get your predictions right after this break. two minutes away [ woman ] ring.. progresso. in what world do potatoes, bacon and cheese add up to 100 calories? your world. ♪ [ whispers ] real bacon... creamy cheese... 100 calories... [ chef ] ma'am [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. tomato, obviously. haha. there's more than that though, there's a kick to it. wahlalalalallala! smooth, but crisp. it's kind of like drinking a food that's a drink, or a drink that's a food, woooooh! [ male announcer ] taste it and describe the indescribable. could've had a v8.
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